The Space-Economic Transformation of the City

Towards Sustainability

  • Peter Bächtold

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Transformation of the City Towards Sustainability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Four Eco-Areas in Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-63
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  4. Towards a Space-Economic City Study in Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-143
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 175-180

About this book


City planning is the key-stone to tackle the question of climate-change and to involve adequate action.

In Part I of this book, the theory of space-economy is presented.  Opening up a new conceptual and operational toolbox for policy makers, practitioners and scholars, the theory of space-economy is based on a rigorously structured thinking and acting in the field of sustainable urban planning and architecture.

Europe has the greatest experience in sustainable city planning worldwide.  In Part II, four of the most remarkable experiences (Vauban in Freiburg i.B., Kronsberg in Hannover, Western Harbour in Malmö, Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm) are presented, dissected conceptually and operationally a radically new way. The interest of the approach is not limited to European countries.

In Part III is developed a project in Asia, in Ho Chi Minh City, faced with dramatic threats due to climate change and rapidly growing tidal and sea-level rise. Based on the experiences presented in Part II, the approach is integrated in this completely different context, thus becoming fully effective at a much bigger scale.


About the author:

Peter Bächtold personifies some of recent history of urban planning in Europe and its potential for wide application, through his many experiences in several European countries, from his position as "professional officer" in the Greater London Council in the years 1970 to its professorial and research activity in France and Switzerland, which led to his current professional involvement in various countries in South Asia.


City Sustainability Europe and Asia European City Planning Space-Economics Sustainable Urban Development

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Bächtold
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  1. 1.Bachtold Co.LtdHo Chi MinhVietnam

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